A good example is real estate data, which is collected by all county governments. Counties keep records of housing sales, which can be useful in understanding trends, values and other important information about almost everyone's most valuable asset – their home. We believe making sense of this kind of data provides an essential service to our readers.
However, in a place the size and complexity of metro Atlanta, so many transactions are filed each month that it is hard for humans to keep up. So, we have decided to use special software that collects and analyzes home sales data at a speed and volume that is beyond what AJC can do with editors and reporters alone. AJC Bot reviews county sales records and automatically generates draft articles tailored to ZIP codes all over metro Atlanta. You soon might see it reporting on other sources of data as well.